By Thomas Sellers Jr.
After falling behind 6-0 early in the third quarter, Munford Head Coach JR Kirby got his offense to settle down and proceeded to control the line of scrimmage leading to 17 unanswered points.
The 17-6 victory over Kirby improved the Cougars of Tipton County to 7-0.
The Cougars from Memphis grabbed the lead early in the second half aided by a big kickoff return by Herb McGowan. On the next play, Kirby running back Hosea Franklin IV scored on run from 30 yards out with 11 minutes and 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
Munford answered with a long drive sparked by the running of sophomore running back Chaz Hayes. The young speedster saw more reps with the injury to Anthony Boley.
With 5:37 left in the third quarter Hayes capped of Munford’s drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Dalton McCann’s extra point gave Munford the 7-6 lead.
The Munford defense forced a Kirby fumble giving the offense the ball 35 yards away from another score.
Hayes blasted through the Kirby defense with a run inside the 10-yard line. A couple of plays later Munford quarterback Jacob Ross tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Wilson Lowry to make the score 14-6 with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.
McCann added some insurance for Munford in the fourth quarter nailing a 28-yard field goal with 7 minutes and 32 seconds remaining. The host Cougars neutralized Kirby the rest of the game to stay perfect on the season.
Munford will return to action this Thursday night against Overton at Southwind with a 7 p.m. kickoff.